Help Support the Zoo

Your gifts benefit the Zoo by providing ongoing financial support that ensures the health and well-being of all the animals at the Zoo and provides for education and outreach, conservation, animal welfare programs, and capital improvement projects.

Financial support for Potter Park Zoo can be provided in a variety of ways. We invite you to review some of the many programs available — and remember that gifts of any size make a big difference. The Potter Park Zoological Society is a private, 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization that supports Potter Park Zoo. 38-2153808. On behalf of the animals who call Potter Park Zoo their home, thank you for your generous contribution to the Zoo!

Donations can be made online, by phone, or by mail.

To make an online donation, please click the Donate button below.
To make a secured donation by phone, please call the Development Department at (517)244-8042.
To make a donation by mail, please make checks payable to Potter Park Zoological Society and mail to:
Potter Park Zoological Society
Attn: Development Department
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912.
Please be sure to include a return address to receive a letter indicating that this donation is tax-deductible​

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To make a general donation online, please click the button below

Other Ways to Support the Zoo

Donate Fresh Browse and Help Feed the Animals

Every day Potter Park Zoo feeds browse (non-toxic branches and leaves from specific species of trees and shrubs) to many of our animals – including the rhinos, bongo, lemurs and many birds.

By feeding browse, the animals can mimic natural foraging behaviors – such as nibbling leaves, stripping bark, and chewing on stems. Click here to learn all about our Fresh Browse Donation Program!

Help Enrich and Care for Animals by Donating Items from our Wish Lists

Help purchase special enrichment items for the zoo’s animals from our Otto Environmental Wish List.

You can also purchase an item for our animals and staff on our Amazon Wish List.

Tribute Gift

A gift can be made as a tribute or in remembrance of a family member, loved one, or friend.

Participate in our “Adopt an Animal” Program!

Do you have a favorite furry, feathered or scaly friend at the zoo?  Adopt it! You can make a very special donation to the zoo by adopting one of our animals for yourself or as a gift to a friend or loved one.